Diamond pet foods has issued a recall for contaminated foods for dogs and cats. Over 100 canine deaths and at least one feline fatality during December 2005 have been linked to Diamond pet foods contaminated by the potentially deadly toxin Aflatoxin, according to Cornell University veterinarians. Aflatoxin is similar to another toxic byproduct, Vomitoxin, that was found in Nature’s Recipe brand dog food in 1995.
Our Diamond Dog Food Recall FAQ has additional information on the recall, symptoms to watch for, and how to tell if your food may be contaminated.
December 30 Update: Tests by North Carolina officials have resulted in an expansion of the Diamond Pet Food recall after revealing high levels of a toxic substance in a batch of Diamond brand dog food that was NOT included in the previous recall. In addition to the products listed below, the recall now also covers 40 pound bags of Diamond Pet Foods Professional for Adult Dogs with the best by code of 29-Jan-07.
January 11 Update: Diamond reported on Wednesday, Jan. 11th, that it has narrowed the number of contaminated pet food products. Testing of more than 2,700 finished product samples conducted by independent laboratories has found that only Diamond Maintenance Dog and Diamond Premium Adult Dog formulas with “Best By” dates of April 3, April 4, April 5, and April 11, 2007, are potentially toxic. These products also will have a capital “G” (in reference to the company’s Gaston, S.C., facility) in the 11th or 12th position of the date code (18 lb. to 55 lb. bags). The capital “G” will be in the 9th position on smaller 4 lb. to 8 lb. bags.
Diamond also announced on Jan 11 that 76 dogs have been confirmed dead from aflatoxin after eating the company’s pet food.